Green Pet Care
- Tuesday, 08 March 2011
We are all making efforts these days to be friendlier to the planet. And while Fido is not always friendly to your rose bushes, there are plenty of eco-friendly ways for you to help reduce your pet’s carbon paw print.
Pet waste can be harmful to the environment if not properly managed. Always clean up after your pet, whether in public spaces or your own backyard. It helps prevent potent toxins and bacteria from entering drainage systems. There are even biodegradable pet waste bags now on the market.
Overpopulation of pets is an unfortunate reality, which also impacts the environment. Spaying or neutering your pet is a responsible way to help combat this issue. Adoption from a local shelter is another earth-friendly solution. There are plenty of existing animals in need of proper care in loving homes.
Investigate the ingredients of your pet’s food and treats. If there are hard-to-pronounce ingredients on the nutrition label, chances are your pet’s food uses chemical additives or by-products. Chemicals can have harmful effects on both the earth and your pooch. Consider switching to an all-natural product, with few ingredients. For an even greener makeover, investigate the company to find out where the product’s ingredients are sourced. US-grown ingredients not only support local farmers, but also boast a much smaller carbon footprint than pet food that is imported from overseas.
One of the easiest green commitments a pet owner can make is to invest in high-quality products. Pet accessories made with durable materials will last longer, and require little or no repair and replacement cost. Such consumer-savvy purchases reduce the amount of discarded products in landfills. For example, opt for stainless steel water and feeding dishes. Plastic dishes can be easily chewed, scratched, and overgrown with bacteria, prompting multiple replacements. Stainless steel is naturally resistant to bacteria, scratches, and even puppy jaws!
Going green is naturally satisfying, supporting both a happy pet and planet. Even one small change with your pet can make a big difference.